So I’m still experimenting with different themes and styles and formats for my videos. Here is a posthumous interview with the great George Carlin. I’ve always wanted to know how he evolved into the great comedian that he became. So I asked him…
If you’ve ever wondered when I would go off the deep end and start talking about my sex life in a video, well, now you know:
p.s. I made up the part about the alien mermaids… to protect the innocent (and the not-so-innocent).
This video is based on my interview for The Rumpus with the fabulous Thaisa Frank. She said a lot of incredible things about the writing process during our conversation, but there was one particular thing about the “failure of the intended story” that really knocked me out. Let me know what you think…
In this first episode, I (pretend to) talk with Elizabeth McCracken about the challenge of writing when you’re not obsessed with your project.
- Elizabeth McCracken’s website.
- Conversation between Elizabeth McCraken and Ann Patchett (from where I swiped all her dialogue).
- My original Obsession x Voice video.
- John Gruber & Merlin Mann’s Obsession x Voice conversation.
To view all my videos, go to my main video page.
So here it is. My new video series. Or at least this is the video teaser that gives you a feeling for what I intend to do. I anticipate publishing the first real episode later this month. Hope you dig it.
Happy New Year. Love, yuvi.
Hey there. You might have noticed. I’ve been a little bit lame online. Even more than usual. Particularly on this blog.
So here’s the deal. (WARNING: What follows is an overly elaborate “it’s not you, it’s me” blog post.)
I need a little online down time. I’m a bit worn out, a bit disoriented, especially with my online identity. So I’m going to back off the blog and other online shtuff for a few months.
I have two goals during this hiatus:
- get some momentum on the next draft of my next novel
- come up with a new video-related project that I love
I know these goals are not measurable. I’m not yet committing to a completion date for my novel and I’m not committing to making some number of videos. The measuring comes later.
Right now, I need the goals to not be measurable. I need something soft and fluffy. Because I’m just looking to get more excited about these two areas. Something that I sort of lost amidst the publicity of book #1. The excitement is coming back already (in both areas), but I think a hiatus without guilt will help even more. (And this blog post somehow gives me some sort of guilt immunity… don’t ask why…. centuries of crooked guilt…)
In the meantime, I’ve cleaned up the video page on my website so you have easy access to all my videos.
And feel free to check in with me on Twitter or elsewhere. I’ll still respond to direct communication. (Probably!)
If I don’t come up for air in about three months, call the police.
Have you heard of the Espresso Book Machine?
What I love about the this device is that it seems to embrace both the past and the future. A device that allows you to print a real-life, old-school, physical book. In one way, the machine looks like a relic from another era. But also, this machine is tapped in to an online database of books that can be printed on demand. Within minutes, you have a new, warm book in your hands.
Today, Laura’s book (BRAVE ON THE PAGE) is one of those magical books. It is a fabulous collection of voices and insights about writing, with a focus on Oregon writers. Eerily enough, I’m interviewed in there, and I say the word “shame” seven times in this interview. But there are some great writers in here. And the book is beautiful too.
And check it out at an Espresso Book Machine near you.
It’s been a tough month. A tough month with very little writing. A month of reading at bookstores around the west coast and doing interviews and doing a not-so-great job at publicizing the release of my novel. It is amazing how consuming even doing a bad job of publicizing a book can be. I can tell you that I’m not a natural at publicity. Follow my lame Facebook author page to get an idea. (I’m admittedly better at Twitter, but if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll learn more about my drinking and parenting problems than any book news.) Even though there have been plenty of moments this month when I want to hide in my attic and never confront humanity again, there have been some fabulous moments too, like when someone grabs me after a reading and says, “I made my husband read your book. He never reads fiction. But he loved this book… even the weird parts.” Those moments are worth a hundred hide-from-humanity moments (which gives you an idea of how many hide-from-humanity moments I’ve had lately)……
While I get my head on straight with how to proceed after this book tour, I wanted to share the video I used while on my book tour. I billed it as a “MAKING OF… VIDEO” for my book. It was my experiment at finding a fresh way to talk about a book while still keeping the audience entertained. It attempts to address one of the biggest questions I get about my book: What the hell is true and what is fiction? It also addresses another question I get a lot: How the hell did you piece this thing together? (I guess a lot of my questions have the word “hell” in them…)
I’ve had trouble knowing how to talk about my novel, especially outside of my immediate literary community. The thing is that it’s a story that readers from many realms could enjoy (which is what I tell myself while quietly weeping at night thinking about that reviewer who hated my book). But there are caveats. Caveats that I honestly had no great way to talk through. Until Kristen Forbes did it for me. In this post on her blog, she shares how she talks to her mother about my book:
“Let me just warn you,” I said to my mom after she professed a desire to not only read Yuvi Zalkow’s book A BRILLIANT NOVEL IN THE WORKS, but also to attend his reading at Powell’s… And then I brushed on some of the more risque elements of the book, things like ass cutting and spanking.